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18 June 2020
UKRI publishes Gender Pay Gap Report

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has published its 2019 Gender Pay Gap Report.

17 June 2020
UK space sector gets a boost with the installation of a giant new satellite test chamber

The UK’s space industry has received a major piece of new equipment to help get larger, more complex satellites ready for launch. 

16 June 2020
Networks launched to boost Digital Innovation for Development in Africa (DIDA)

Twenty-four new networks are announced today that bring together academics, industry, NGOs, policymakers and practitioners from Africa with UK partners to maximise digital technologies to address development challenges including health, energy and accessibility to online resources.

16 June 2020
Preliminary trial results find dexamethasone reduces death in hospitalised patients with severe respiratory complications of COVID-19

The ‘RECOVERY’ trial has released preliminary results showing low-cost dexamethasone reduces death by up to one third in hospitalised patients with severe respiratory complications of COVID-19.  The RECOVERY trial (which stands for ‘Randomised Evaluation of COVid-19 thERapY’) was funded by UKRI as part of the UKRI/DHSC/NIHR COVID-19 rapid research response.


15 June 2020
£70m funding to secure UK position as a world-leader in quantum technology

Science Minister Amanda Solloway has today (Monday 15 June) announced 38 new UK projects that will  benefit from more than £70 million government investment to help mark the start of Quantum Tech Digital Week.

12 June 2020
Update to 20/21 NERC Marine Facilities Programme in response to COVID-19

Following a thorough evaluation of the seagoing operating environments and all of the associated risks, in June 2020 CPEB considered and approved a new ‘recovery’ 2020/21 MFP which NMF will now work to deliver in conjunction with the nominated Chief Scientists.

11 June 2020
Government invests £10 million to help make future technologies more secure

Nine grant winners have been revealed as the latest recipients in UK Research and Innovation’s Digital Security by Design programme.

11 June 2020
New report will support UKRI's commitment to strengthening research integrity and culture

Personal integrity and local culture are key to research integrity, and bullying and harassment is the single biggest negative influence, according to a new study published today, Thursday 11 June.

10 June 2020
Science Minister announces Chief Finance Officer for UK Research and Innovation

Siobhan Peters has been appointed UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Chief Finance Officer (CFO), Science Minister Amanda Solloway confirmed today, 10 June 2020

10 June 2020
UK Research and Innovation seeks further council members

Council members play a critical role in UKRI’s strategy development and governance, working with their Executive Chair to deliver their council's aims and objectives and to support UKRI's overall mission.

09 June 2020
UKRI statement on Black Lives Matter

Racism takes lives and breeds hate. We grieve for all those who have lost their lives to this form of injustice, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Stephen Lawrence and David Oluwale.

09 June 2020
Vaccine centre in new partnership to combat COVID-19

The Vaccines Manufacturing and Innovation Centre (VMIC), funded by UKRI through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, has signed its first industry partnership agreement with gene and cell therapy group Oxford Biomedica.

08 June 2020
Preliminary results from RECOVERY trial on the use of hydroxychloroquine in hospitalised patients with COVID-19

The ‘RECOVERY’ trial has released preliminary results showing no effect on mortality from the use of hydroxychloroquine in patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19.

05 June 2020
Professor Corinne Le Quéré awarded Environmental Sciences 2020 Prize

Professor Corinne Le Quéré has been awarded the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences 2020 by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

05 June 2020
Environmental engagement projects receive COVID-19 funding awards

Five innovative public engagement projects to tackle challenges caused by COVID-19 have received funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

05 June 2020
UKRI World Environment Day: making time for nature

During recent months, many of us have found the time to get out and enjoy the natural world around us, discovering that time in nature is good for our mental as well as our physical health.

05 June 2020
Preferred candidate chosen for the role of Executive Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council

Professor Christopher Smith has been selected as the Government’s preferred candidate to be the new Executive Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), replacing Professor Andrew Thompson in September.

05 June 2020
Updated government guidance for research organisations on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The government has today published updated guidance for research organisations to provide greater clarity on the use of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) to furlough research staff.

05 June 2020
The Plastics Research and Innovation Fund

World Environment Day (5 June 2020) is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Much of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) work is focused on sustainability, including our work to tackle the plastic problem.

04 June 2020
Hub to lead UK research on Trustworthy Autonomous Systems

The Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub announced today, Thursday 4 June, will spearhead work to ensure that autonomous systems such as driverless cars and robots are trustworthy by default and can ultimately benefit society and industry.